Become A Boost Football Star
A game of football requires endless stamina. If you're serious about making it big in football, it's important to know you'll have to train harder, longer and faster than your opponents.
So what are you waiting for? Find out how to play this wonderful and energetic sport!
On the football field, you need to know every trick possible to score the goal or ensure that your opponent can't get through your defence. That's why below we help you decode some of the most important footie skills.
- Dribbling is controlling the ball while running. It is all about touching the ball strongly enough to carry it forward, but light enough so that it stays by your side and away from opponents.
- Dribble with the inside of your shoe, above the toe (with the foot pointed down toward the ground), or even with the outside of the shoe.
- When you're dribbling slowly, you usually keep the ball close to your side at all times. This way a defender has to make a move to take the ball away.
- When you're dribbling faster, you can sometimes kick the ball further away and run to it. This is usually if you've already left your opponent behind, and because most players can run quicker without the ball than they can whilst dribbling it.
- If you're really close to the goal and all you need is accuracy, you can shoot using the sweet spot of the inside of your shoe. This shot is like a pass, but you’ll usually be further away and will need the power and accuracy.
- Set your planter foot and aim your toe to where you want the shot to travel. Always have a slight look at the target before you shoot.
- You don't have to get much of a running start, but you do want to bring your foot back, bending it as you do in order to get more power.
- Hit the ball on the middle laces of your shoe, with your foot pointed down at the ground. Keep your foot pointed down at the ground as you follow through.
- Use your hips to swing through the ball. Bring your foot across your body if necessary to generate even more power. This should cause both feet to lift from the ground.
Passing is all about putting the ball exactly where you want it. In order to pass, kick the ball using the inside of your foot. This will give you less power but more accuracy. To master the art of passing a Football, watch these videos:
Moving off the ball
- Some estimate professional Football players run 6 to 8 miles during a 90 minute game. That's a lot of running and requires even more stamina!
- It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a lot of the running you'll be doing is when you don't have the ball. Learn how to get into open space, how to run to where to your teammate expects or wants you to be, and how to run past a defender who's guarding you.
- Defending the goal is an underrated achievement. It can be extremely difficult staying on your man or getting the ball away from your man.
- Don't be fooled by feints, tricks, or jukes: keep your eye on the ball. A good Football player will try to juke (evade) or feint (fake) with their body in order to get past you. They're hoping that what they do with their body will distract you from what they're going to do with the ball. Don't let this happen. Keep your eyes on the ball at all times, not on the player.
- Stay in between the ball and the goal. In other words, don't let the ball get behind you. This is harder than it sounds. It's a delicate balance keeping enough pressure on the ball and not giving the person who's attacking enough space so that they don't get behind you.
Learn to anticipate the dribble. Right after an attacker hits the ball on the dribble - that's the time you try to hit the ball away. This is called anticipating the dribble, and it's essential for knocking the ball from an attacking player. Just be sure not to lunge and miss; you're vulnerable when you do this!
Use your non-dominant foot
- Good defenders will take away your dominant foot and force you to play with your non-dominant foot. If you can't use your non-dominant foot, you'll be playing at a disadvantage. Hence, it's important to be able to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball with your non-dominant foot.
- Practice only using your non-dominant foot during practice or when you shoot or juggle by yourself.
Taking corner kicks and free kicks
- You want to be able to send corner kicks right in the middle of the penalty area and up in the air so that a teammate can head the ball in.
- Free kicks can either be taken quickly and simply passed on to a nearby teammate, or you can organize a "set play" where you kick the ball in a certain area while your teammates execute a play.
Goalkeeping Like A Pro
Where other footballers are supposed to score goals, the goalkeeper has the sole responsibility of saving goals. Good goalkeeping can be the difference between winning and losing. But goalkeeping is not an easy task. So, if you have your heart set on becoming a goalkeeper, then here's what you need to do: